Nevertheless, it's back to the drawing board for England. A familiar tale, hey? Thanks for tuning in.
England were hampered by the loss and unavailability of several key players yet few excuses will be legitimate after a abject three games that saw the U21s fail to score a goal from open play. Stuart Pearce's contract runs out at the end of the month and it won't be a surprise to see him leave the set-up, with the bookies making the recently-retired Phil Neville the favourite to usurp Psycho.
Dour stuff for Stuart Pearce's England U21, who finish bottom of Group A (the weakest of the two groups in the European Championships), the first side to finish a campaign pointless since Israel did the same back in 2007.
And there we have it, the game limps across the finish line as Israel claim a scalp in the final game of their European Championships with a 1-0 win over a dismal England side.
Redmond and Krieff both send skewed efforts wide of the target as the game yoyos end to end.
Shelvey sends in a tame free-kick from deep that Klaiman easily collects as England push all their key players forward to attack the set-piece. Four minutes of injury time.
Wickham blunders on the edge of the box, wins it back, gives it to Saha, who then blunders when attempting to pass to Sordell. Hardly vintage stuff from England as they desperately chase an equaliser.
Substitution Sintayehu Sallalich Ahed Azzam
Just four minutes to go at the Teddy Stadium. For a bit of context, the last time England U21s lost three games on the bounce was in 1996, to Angola, Portugal and Brazil.
Then, Shelvey's long, raking pass out to the left bounces over the head of Rose and out of play.
England have really paled into insignificance in this second half, showing an absolute minimum of craft or imagination going forward. As I type, Redmond scuffs a half-volley disappointingly wide of the target.
Krieff finally breaks the stalemate, firing in a well-taken left-footed effort from the edge of the box. It's the kind of chance England has had in abundance in this encounter, yet there seemed no-one in a red shirt able, or willing, to put the kind of block in that Israel have been doing all evening.
Assist Omri Altman
Goal Ofir Krieff
GOAL! Oh dear England, 1-0 to Israel.
GOAL! Oh dear England, 1-0 to Israel.
Pearce signals his intent to claim three points here, sending on Bolton striker Marvin Sordell. Sordell was ineffectual in the first game of the campaign against Italy and he shows a bit of technical ineptitude in his first touch of this cameo, wildly lashing over a left footed volley from just inside the area.
Substitution Nathaniel Chalobah Marvin Sordell
15 mintues left in Jerusalem and this one really could go either way. England are still enjoying the share of the possession but Israel are looking increasingly potent on the break. A draw would be enough to see the hosts finish above England in the table, by the way.
I'm not sure if Stuart Pearce is reading this play-by-play commentary, but he's certainly heeded the advice given; Redmond is on.
Substitution Josh McEachran Nathan Redmond
Substitute Altman somehow manages to wriggle himself to the byeline and send a teasing ball along the six-yard box that evades all of the Israel attackers. A great piece of skill from the Fulham man, who ends the move by slamming shoulder-first into the post. Looked very painful, that.
Steele rushes off his line and out of his area to snuff out a throughball with his head. The ball then breaks to Zaguri who has time to take a touch and attempt to lob the England keeper from range. The effort looks a decent one to begin with yet after Steele backpedals towards his line, he can easily beat the ball away to safety.
Hit a definite lull here. England need to inject a bit of purpose into this performance, with McEachran's shift over to the left flank robbing them of dynamism down that side. Nathan Redmond, who was arguably the standout performer in England's dismal first two games, could be the option for Stuart Pearce.
The home side look to have been buoyed by the increasing number of fans showing up at the Teddy Stadium and have looked a lot more dangerous in the last few minutes. England are still plagued by the same inconsistencies, chiefly an ability to keep meaningful possession.
Substitution Alon Turgeman Orr Barouch
Israel counter to good effect again, though Rose must be held accountable for letting Verta muster an effort on goal. The Tottenham left-back backed away and backed away, allowing his counterpart to steady himself and arrow an effort towards Steele, who was fortunate to see the strike skim a yard or two wide of the post.
That strike offered a stark juxtaposition to England's tendancy to over-elaborate this half, with Shelvey the latest gulity party after faffing around on the edge of the box to see his lofted pass head to no-one in particular.
My word. What, an, effort. Israel midfielder Biton puts his head down and absolutely thunders a shot towards goal. The ball heads down the middle of the goal but such is the power of the strike, Steele is caught fully unaware and the ball cannons off the crossbar, almost making it back the entire 35 yards from which it was struck. Israel so close to breaking the deadlock.
Substitution Munas Dabbur Omri Altman
Israel have offered absolutely nothing going forward this half but have defended stubbornly as England attack forward in waves. This time Ben Haroush charges down Henderson's strike from the edge of the box. Meanwhile, Omri Altman comes one for the hosts. Altman may, or may not, be famiiiar to readers after playing a starring role for Fulham's youth and reserve teams last term.
Wisdom strides purposefully out of the defence for a good 60 yards on so. The centre-half then feeds the ball out to Wickham, who takes a touch and bends a vicious strike whistling inches wide of the post. Closest yet for England.
England start with the same progressive mindset they ended the first. Zaha does well to get in down the right though after the ball works its way to Wickham, the big centre-forward can only rifle another shot into the legs of his marker. Seems to be a recurring pattern for the Sunderland man.
Substitution Thomas Ince Jordan Henderson
Just the solitary half-time change by the way, with Jordan Henderson replacing Tom Ince. Ity looks as if McEachran will be taking Ince's spot on the left wing, with Henderson slotting into central midfield with Liverpool team-mate Shelvey.
And the teams are back out for the second half. The Young Lions have 45 minutes to avoid the ignominy of a pointless European Championship campaign, while Stuart Pearce arguably has the same amount of time to finish his six-year tenure at the helm of the Under-21s with some sort of flourish. Well, that's if you're happy to call a win against Israel a flourish.
However, England have been restricted to one real clear-cut chance, when Ince was put through by Zaha only to see his chipped effort thwarted by the onrushing Klaiman. You get the feeling that the longer this one goes on, the more open Israel will become - particularly if England show the patience with the ball that they have in this first half.
So, a reasonably encouraging 45 minutes for England, who have shown almost immeasurable improvement on the opening two games of these European Championships. Zaha and Ince have looked the key for Stuart Pearce's team, with both full of attacking vigour.
Danny Rose takes a knock and England have to defend a corner, the last action of the first half, a man down as the full back is made to leave the field. Nothing comes of the set piece though, and the teams go in at half time goalless.
Zaha, again, goes at it, jinking down the left flank to send in a left-footed effort. Klaiman saves comfortably at his near post.
Wickham then takes it upon himself to try it on from 30 yards out, with his effort dragging rather predictably wide of the post. There's no need for England to limit themselves to outlandish strikes from distance, they have looked infinitely more potent when building possession and attempting to unlock Israel's defense with intricate play around the box.
Wickham turns well on the edge of the box and rifles into the legs of Vahaba before Chalobah rasps one over from 25 yards out.
Rose and Zaha combine intelligently down the left though as the latter hits the byeline he finds his delivery snuffed out. England are looking confident but will want to capitalise on this upturn in fortunes before the interval robs them of any momentum.
Better, much better from England and it's come through Zaha. The winger drives through the heart of the Israel defence to slip Ince in with a sliderule pass. Klaiman advances well off his line to deny Ince's lofted attempt and Zaha can only then send his headed effort from the rebound straight into the recovering defenders. Without a shadow of doubt England's best move in the tournament so far.
Still, England are creating chances - of a sort. Ince sees his effort blocked, Shelvey blasts one over from range and Ince has a second pop, lashing wildly at Zaha's cut back in a frantic two minute spell for the team in red.
Israel seem to have adapted to the task at hand and have come into the game in the last 10 minutes or so, becoming largely entrenched in England's half. How Stuart Pearce's team have reacted to this pressure seems telling, with Shelvey ignoring a short ball to hoof a pass to Wickham out of play, before Steele shanks a goal-kick over Rose's head and out for a throw-in.
Clyne rights his wrongs after being pickpocketed by Zaguri, with the full back recovering well to nip in and poke the ball out of play just as Hriaf was about to pull the trigger.
England look to be funneling much of their attack through Zaha, who has ghosted in off the left flank in the last few minutes to take up a more central role. The winger is all bursts of pace and quickfire tricks which have proved to be hit-or-miss so far. A couple of minutes ago such trickery won the visitors a corner. Just now, it failed to bamboozle Verta who muscled Zaha off the ball with ease.
Turgeman tests Steele with a semi-fierce strike at the near post as Israel hit on the counter. Nothing for England to get too worried about.
Rose whips in a decent delivery, which looks to have troubled Israel 'keeper Klaiman, yet after a bit of juggling he gathers and clears.
Wickham hits the byeline with a couple smooth stepovers to win England their first corner of the evening...
That instance has led to a bit of self-belief from the Young Lions, who enjoy a spell of possession on the edge of the opposition box. McEachran, Ince and Wickham all knock the ball around one touch though find that a final pass proves evasive. Meanwhile, Zaguri breaks down the other end but sees his tame effort deflected wide.
Finally, the first sniff of a chance. Shelvey jinks down the left flank and squares the ball into the box. Wickham cleverly steps over yet Ince clearly isn't on the same wavelength, and the winger misreads the Sunderland man's dummy to produce an airshot as the cross goes under his boot.
Vahaba goes in studs up on Zaha in the game's first piece of aggressive intent but the Manchester United winger escapes unscathed.
A lot of passing in unthreatening positions for England, who have been unable to make any sort of inroads when advancing into the final third. Shelvey tries pure brute force in order to breach Israel's defensive line but meets a brick wall in Zaguri.
Turgeman holds the ball up well for the hosts before whipping a measured cross into the box. No-one fancied getting on the end of it though and it trickles to safety on the far side.
McEachran, Shelvey and Chalobah are getting more than their fair share of the ball but distribution has been little more than lofted balls forward so far. How the midfield trio decide to recycle the ball will undoubtedly play a massive part in tonight's proceedings.
It's been untidy start for both sides in the opening couple minutes, with misplaced passes-a-plenty. Witth Israel decked out in white, England are donning their all-red away kit. Whether that's a source of confusion for Stuart Pearce's men, I don't know.
... and we're underway at the Teddy Stadium.
Added incentive for Israel tonight will be the fact that should they beat Stuart Pearce's side, England will become only the second team ever to fail to collect a point at the European Championships. The first team? Israel - back in 2007.
Andre Wisdom leads the Young Lions out tonight, with Liverpool team mate Jordan Henderson, captain of the last two outings, having to be content to watch from the bench.
Israel, not to be outdone, make nine changes of their own. By the way, the dream is still half-alive for the hosts, who require a win and a big swing in goal difference to leapfrog Norway - who face table-toppers Italy, also at 5pm GMT.
So that's just the seven changes for England, with Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey and Nathaniel Clyne all restored to the starting line-up. Andre Wisdom and Tom Lees form a new pairing in central defence, while Josh McEachran and Jason Steele are also drafted in.
Israel: Klaiman, Davidadza, Vahaba, Verta, Ben Haroush, Zaguri, Biton, Sallaclich, Hriaf, Dabbur, Turgeman.Subs: Levy, Yanko, Dasa, Levi, Gotlib, Tawatha, Azam, Altman, Klebat, Baroch.
England: Steele, Clyne, Rose, Lees, Wisdom, McEachran, Chalobah, Shelvey, Ince, Zaha, Wickham. Subs: Butland, Rudd, Smith, Caulker, Dawson, Henderson, Lowe, Redmond, Delfouneso, Sordell.
Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups…
A lack of senior players (Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck were tasked with joining up with the senior squad in the friendlies with Ireland and Brazil) has been cited as one of the major issues behind England’s failure and, as if to remedy such a thing happening in the future, Pearce is said to be considering a younger side in tonight’s dead rubber.
However, with Stuart Pearce’s side coming to Israel in uncharacteristically good form for an England team, the unmitigated disaster that has been this campaign has thrown up some resonating questions about the U21 set-up’s shortcomings, with it looking likely that Psycho will stay on in the job after his contract runs out this month.
Cue jokes/tired debates about England in major football tournaments.
With anti-climatic defeats to both Italy and Norway tucked under the belt, England know that whatever they do against hosts Israel this evening will end in their ejection from the Group A and the competition.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s coverage of England Under-21 vs Israel Under-21 at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem - the final game of the Young Lions’ 2013 European Championships.